The management of Dangote Salt have partnered with the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in combating the proliferation of fake and substandard products peddled by unscrupulous traders in the food market.
This was revealed when Mr. Paul Ferrer, the Managing Director NASCON Allied Industries Plc and Dangote Group’s Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Mr. Anthony Chiejina paid the Agency Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni a courtesy visit in her office in Lagos.
Mr. Ferrer had expressed satisfaction at the successes recorded by the Agency so far in their battle against fake and substandard products and their clampdown on the perpetrators, adding that the efforts had paid off.
He however described what he observed as an infringement on the directives of the Agency on the packaging of industrial salts by some undesired elements.
According to Mr.Ferrer , in contravention to the directives of the NAFDAC that industrial salt should only be packaged in 50kg, his organization has observed the existence of industrial salt in small sizes as 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, and 20kg.
He opined that certain individuals have been repackaging the 50kg size to smaller sizes and selling in markets, a development he described as extremely dangerous as buyers may be misled into buying the industrial salt in place of the table salt which comes in the smaller sizes.
He therefore enjoined NAFDAC address the issue as unsuspecting consumers might not know the difference between the iodised table salt and the industrial salt.
Responding, Mrs. Oni thanked the NASCON management and said that the observation was one of the many ills her agency has been battling tooth and nail. She reiterated NAFDAC’s commitment in ensuring that people have access to right quality products always.
She also advised companies in the food sector to have a Post-Market Surveillance (PMS) unit in their companies for self-regulation of their market to make enforcement easier for NAFDAC. According to her, findings have shown that despite right quality products leaving the factories for markets, some unscrupulous elements along the value chain still go ahead to dilute and repackage the products.
Mrs. Oni said the Agency would not accept a situation where some criminals would be clandestinely diluting genuine brands saying that amounts counterfeiting and which must be dealt with, hence the need for primary self-regulation by the companies through the PMS unit which will collate intelligence and hand them over to NAFDAC for enforcement.
The NAFDAC boss called for collaboration between the agency the food producers and for them to help retool the Agency laboratory and assist with provision of operational vehicles to make the Agency more effective considering the huge nature of the Nigerian market.
In his own remark, Mr. Anthony Chiejina thanked the Agency for their readiness to act promptly Dangote Group’s assiatnce to the agency in the provision of operational equipment in order for the agency to carry out its mandate.
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